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Born: January 14, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami Beach, Florida, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Raised in West Virginia
1972:
Worked as advertising copywriter for W B Doner and Company in Detroit, MI
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Joined Doyle, Dane, Bernbach Advertisers in Los Angeles, CA; wrote and submitted screenplays at the same time
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Worked as a freelance screenwriter
1976:
Sold first screenplay, "The Bodyguard"; remained unproduced until 1992 when it starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston; reportedly written as a Steve McQueen vehicle originally (date approximate)
1980:
His screenplay for "Continental Divide" caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who introduced Kasdan to George Lucas; hired by Lucas to work on first screenplay filmed, "The Empire Strikes Back" (which Kasdan took over when screenwriter Leigh Brackett died)
1981:
Penned "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the first installment of the Indiana Jones series, for producer Lucas and director Speilberg
1981:
Directorial debut, "Body Heat"
1983:
With Lucas, co-wrote the third installment of the "Star Wars" series, "The Return of the Jedi"
1983:
Executive produced first film "The Big Chill" (also director and co-screenwriter); earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1985:
Produced first film, "Silverado" (also director and co-writer)
1985:
Played Second Detective in John Landis' "Into the Night"
1987:
Produced first film that he did not direct or write, "Cross My Heart", directed by Armyan Bernstein
1988:
Co-wrote, co-produced and directed "The Accidental Tourist", starring William Hurt, Geena Davis and Kathleen Turner; earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
1989:
Served as executive producer on first film he did not direct or script, "Immediate Family", directed by Jonathan Kaplan
1990:
Directed first film that he did not co-write, "I Love You to Death"
1991:
Produced, directed and co-wrote (with wife Meg) "Grand Canyon"; received fourth Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1992:
His script for "The Bodyguard" finally produced as vehicle for Costner and Whitney Houston
1994:
Produced, directed and co-scripted (with Dan Gordon) "Wyatt Earp", starring Costner in the title role
1995:
Stage directing debut, John Patrick Shanley's "Four Dogs and a Bone"
1995:
Helmed (only) "French Kiss", starring Meg Ryan (one of the producers), Kevin Kline and Timothy Hutton
1997:
Portrayed Dr Green in James L Brooks' "As Good As It Gets"
1998:
Produced "Home Fries", starring Drew Barrymore, Jake Busey and Shelley Duvall

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